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 Category:  General Poetry
  Posted: August 9, 2019      Views: 188

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Retired to the Carolinas to be near grandchildren. Enjoys her family, yoga, gardening, nature, hiking and writing. She didn't start writing until after retirement 10 years ago. Her poems are all over the place but usually are about childhood m - more...

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a memory
"tanka prose (roots)" by Jmf4119
 
Coffee cup in hand, I enter the garden and pick my first bouquet of lovely lily-of-the-valley.  The white bell-shaped flowers hang from their tiny stems. Their sweet fragrance transports me back to Momma’s house where they freely grew under her dogwood trees. Each Spring, I chose a spray of the delicate flora to carry in my stubby fingers and proudly put in her favorite vase.  
 
A robin fledgling startles me as he lands on the birdbath. He sits, perched and ready for his plunge.  Splashing and flapping his wings, he retreats to the water’s edge.  I smile. I guess he wasn’t prepared for a cold shower. 
 
As the sun rises and turns the sky to a golden glow, I return to the house to top off my brew. I pause in the dawn's early light and am thankful.
 

dainty petals
dangle in morning mist
suspended
in a time warp
of treasured memories


 

Contemporary Tanka Prose contest entry

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